Lacey Stern, Founder and Director of Lace Up Studios, was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina where her dance training started at the age of 3. She trained and competed with The Southern Strutt Dance Company in Irmo, SC, under the direction of Nancy Giles. While with Southern Strutt, Lacey gained experience training under well renowned choreographers such as, Dee Caspary, Tina Caspary, Justin Giles, Wade Robson, and Ray Leeper. Attending many dance conventions over the years, Lacey was awarded dance scholarships from West Coast Dance Explosion and NYCDA. She spent many summers training in Los Angeles at the EDGE Performing Arts Center.
In 2008, Lacey graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Public Health. While attending USC, she was a member of the Carolina Girls Competitive Dance Team and a Carolina Coquette dancer with the University of South Carolina Marching Band. Go Gamecocks!!
For the past 11 years, Lacey has had the opportunity to train students of all ages in the genres of Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical. Lacey loves spending time with her fiancé, James, and their two adorable cats Cowboy and JJ.
Briana Smith Glenn, lead instructor and manager of Lace Up Studios SC, is dedicated to creating a fun, laid back environment for Lace Up dance students to learn and grow. She is passionate about emphasizing the “FUN” in fundamental dance technique.
Born and raised in Columbia, Briana began her classical ballet training at 5 years old. She trained with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance for 10 years. Briana was also chosen for the Tri-District Arts Consortium where she studied many dance forms including modern, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop with some of Columbia’s top dance instructors. Briana danced competitively as a member of Southern Strutt’s Teen Company and as a member of her award winning high school dance team. She has also taken master classes and attended conventions that were taught by some of the choreographers seen on TV today. Briana completed college level dance courses while earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.
Briana and her husband Trey live in Irmo with their 2 year old son Lewis and their fur baby Francis aka “Kitty”. In her free time, Briana enjoys boating on Lake Murray, going to concerts and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Neffy started dancing with Columbia Conservatory, where her classes consisted of ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She took a great interest to contemporary and chose to train and study in this area of dance with Columbia College. Her love for dance led her to the path of being a choreographer as well as a teacher with Fuse Artist Alliance. Ms. Neffy has had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in pieces for exhibits at the Museum of Art in downtown Columbia. Recently, she has performed in the “Move Around Series” at the Museum of Art with the Johnson Company, Blueprintx, and Yuhas dancers. Currently, Ms. Neffy is a teacher and choreographer under BlueprintX as well as a teacher for Lace up Studios. Being able to share her love and knowledge of dance with others, especially her young students at Lace up, brings genuine joy in her day to day life.
Marie grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and has been a dancer since the age of 3. She completed her dance training at Palmetto En Pointe Performing Arts in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Marie was a competitive dancer and attended many conventions. She was given the opportunity to work with professional dancers and choreographers. She graduated from JL Mann high school in 2016, and she is currently attending the University of South Carolina. She is studying Elementary education with a minor in dance, and she has performed in the student choreography showcase at USC. She has taken a variety of college level dance courses including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and West African dance. Marie is also in the process of becoming a certified acro-dance instructor through the Acrobatique program. She has taught acro-dance classes along with jazz, tap, contemporary, and ballet classes. She also taught summer dance camps where she encourages dancers to have fun while learning more about dance technique. In her free time, Marie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going shopping, and spending time on the lake. Marie is a dog lover with three furry friends at home. Marie has a passion for dance and for working with children, and hopes to encourage them to be the best they can be in all that they do.
Megan Gross, lead dance instructor at Lace Up Studios, was born and raised in Irmo, South Carolina where she began her dance training at the age of 3 years old at Southern Strutt Dance Company. She was a part of several performance and competitive dance teams during her time at Southern Strutt until she was 18 years old. She was also a high school and competitive cheerleader at Dutch Fork High School and American Cheer Xtreme (ACX). After graduating from high school in 2003, Megan spent 3 years working as an assistant teacher at a local Montessori school, and she recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Geological Sciences. For the past 5 years, Megan has had the opportunity to train and teach students in the genres of Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop with Lace Up Studios.
Daniel Helton was born in Fort Myers, Florida. His movement experience includes the Magic of Orlando World Class D&B Corps and the Alliance of Miami World Class Winter Guard.
He has contributed as a color guard and movement staff member with many Drum & Bugle Corps, High School Marching Band Programs as well as both Scholastic & Independent Winter Guards. Many of which have competed at the Drum Corps International World Championships and Winter Guard International World Championships.
Daniel has over 10 years of experience on staff with the Music N Motion Summer Color Guard Camps. He also has experience as a color guard and visual movement clinician. His professional goal is for students to excel in the technical fundamentals and the expressive performance qualities of the pageantry arts. He also believes in a strong emphasis on team building concepts. Daniel has 25+ years of teaching experience with every level of program and is a dedicated Winds Visual Designer, Color Guard Designer, Choreographer & Judge. Daniel is currently the Founder of the B & D Dynamic Productions Design Group, Head Choreographer/Assistant Color Guard Director/Winds Visual Designer for the Summerville High School Band Program, Judge for the Heartland Winter Arts Association, Utah Color Guard Circuit & staff member of the Lace Up Studios Dance Program.